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Archive for June 17th, 2010

Robbins resigns from Princeton Chamber of Commerce

Posted by wlpo on June 17, 2010

The Princeton Chamber of Commerce is looking for a new executive director.

Erika Robbins has held the post for the past three years but says she’s leaving to make a career change to sales.  Her last day is July 6.

The chamber board is creating a search committee.  They’re looking for someone with leadership and problem solving skills.



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Oglesby mayor doesn’t plan on seeking second term

Posted by wlpo on June 17, 2010

One term is apparently enough for Oglesby Mayor Tony Torres.  The mayor says he isn’t going to run for a second term for personal and health reasons.

Torres took office in the spring of 2007 after beating now-electric commissioner Don Finley in a close race.  He replaced long-time Mayor Jerry Scott.  Torres’s term is up next spring.

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Registered sex offender arrested on new sex abuse charge

Posted by wlpo on June 17, 2010

Police have found the third man wanted after an investigation into sexual abuse involving underage girls in La Salle.

Eric Weatherspoon was arrested on a La Salle County warrant for aggravated criminal sexual abuse after police went to his home in Peru Wednesday night.  Police say they found him hiding in a closet.  He was taken to the county jail.  He’s already a registered sex offender.

Michael Shaw of Spring Valley and Philarious Conway of Princeton were arrested on similar charges earlier this month.

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Freedom Run Returning To Marseilles

Posted by wlpo on June 17, 2010

590 new names will be memorialized Saturday at the Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial along the Illinois River in Marseilles.

The names are those who’ve died while serving in Afghanistan or Iraq.  Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run co-organizer Rita Bostelman says 103 of the names are of soldiers who died before the last year but for whatever reason, were overlooked in being added to the Marseilles memorial.

For the 8th year in a row, Bostelman and thousands of other bikers are making the ride to the wall for Saturday’s one o’clock memorial ceremony.  The freedom run of bikes will head out for Marseilles from the Grundy County Fairgrounds at 10:30.

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